The Girl from the Sea by Molly Knox Ostertag
Publication Date: June 1, 2021
Fifteen year-old Morgan is looking forward to finishing high school and leaving the small Canadian island where she lives. Her friends seem to not understand her, and she struggles relating to her angry little brother and divorced mom. When a mysterious girl named Keltie saves Morgan from drowning, they become friends– and eventually more– even though they both have secrets that threaten everything.
This graphic novel has colorful artwork with clean lines. Emotion is conveyed well through intimate character moments and expertly drawn facial expressions. Sparse text propels the reader through the story.
Readers will also appreciate the author’s The Witch Boy graphic novel trilogy, Snapdragon by Kat Leyh, The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang, and other LGBTQ2S+ graphic novels with magical elements.
–Emily Williams, Oklahoma City, OK
Other Nominated Titles
- Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler (May 11, 2021)
The Selected Lists teams read throughout the year in search of the best titles published in their respective categories. Once a book is suggested (either internally or through the Title suggestion form), it must pass through a review process to be designated an official nomination.
Each week, the teams feature a review of one of the officially nominated titles. Additional titles to receive this designation are listed as well. At year’s end, the team will curate a final list from all nominated titles and select a Top Ten. The previous years’ lists are available on The Hub.